Liaquat Shah was arrested when he crossed into Indian territory
from Nepal to surrender under Jammu and Kashmir's rehabilitation
policy. His second wife spoke to the media Saturday on reaching
her husband's ancestral home.
Akhtar-ul-Nisa, 47, Liaquat's second wife, whom he married in
Pakistan, has reached her husband's ancestral home in Dardpora
village, in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, 105 kilometres from
Jabeena, 14, the deaf and dumb daughter of Akhtar-ul-Nisa from her
previous husband is also with her.
Talking to media persons, Akhtar-ul-Nisa said she had landed in
Nepal from Pakistan with her husband and daughter; the family had
"Liaquat came to surrender before the authorities in Jammu and
Kashmir after the application of his family for his rehabilitation
under the state government's policy was approved by authorities,"
"We were arrested near the Nepal-India border and told to show our
identity cards. We told the police we had no identity cards, but
carried Pakistani passports. They did not listen to us and
arrested Liaquat, even after we clearly told them that authorities
had approved Liaquat's return under the rehabilitation policy."
She also said since Liaquat had not even reached Delhi when he was
arrested, there was no question of any arms being recovered from
his hotel room in Delhi, as was reported in some sections of the
Akhtar-ul-Nisa is a Kashmiri who had crossed over to Pakistan
along with her deaf and dumb daughter in 2005.
Her previous husband, who she accepted had been a militant, was
killed in a gunfight with the security forces before she crossed
the line of control (LoC).
She said she married Liaquat, whom she met in Pakistan. He too had
been married earlier.
Ameena Begum, Liaquat's first wife, lives in Dardpora village
along with her two sons, 21-year-old Shabir and 15-year-old
Akhtar-ul-Nisa and her daughter are now living with the rest of
Liaquat's family in Dardpora.
Some village elders, including the local sarpanch, accompanied the
family when they were called to the local police station in the
Jammu and Kashmir has been offering, for about two years, the
opportunity to former militants to surrender and gain
rehabilitation in society. About 50 people have availed the
opportunity to return to the mainstream so far.
Delhi Police had Friday announced the arrest of Liaquat at
Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh on suspicion of being a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist.
Shah was brought to Delhi Thursday
and presented before a city court, which remanded him in 15 days'
Police sources said it was during his questioning that they found
out that two of his associates were still in the city, ready to
strike commercial hubs.
Now, police said, they have spread their net to hunt for the two
While the first militant was staying at a guest house here waiting
to give Shah more directions and provide him logistics, the second
had met him, a senior police official told IANS on condition of
"The first man had booked room number 304 in the three-storey Hazi
Arafat Guest House in Jama Masjid," the officer said.